Phil Murphy on Government Reform
Undertake ethics reform; address pernicious sexism
It's been more than a decade since the executive and legislative branches undertook comprehensive ethics reform. And, nothing--I repeat, nothing--more exemplifies that need to change the longstanding culture than the pernicious sexism and
abuse that still creeps across these hallways, at conferences, and in meeting rooms. I am calling for us all to work together to tear down the existing system and replace it with one that treats everyone with equal dignity and respect.
Source: 2020 New Jersey State of the State address
, Jan 14, 2020
Easier voter registration; online voting & early voting
Let's work together to allow residents to register to vote online and at the polls on Election Day. Let's enact true early, in-person voting for our residents. Let's allow 17-year-olds to register and vote in our June primaries if they will turn
18 by the November general election. Let's restore voting rights for individuals on probation or parole, so we can further their reentry into society by allowing them to exercise the most sacred right offered by our society--the right to vote.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Jersey legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Automatic voter registration, online, and same-day
Across the nation, Republicans have systematically tried to disenfranchise voters. Phil Murphy will empower voters and increase participation by:
Source: 2017 N.J. gubernatorial campaign website, Murphy4NJ.com
, Jun 6, 2017
- Automatic voter registration: Five states have automatic voter registration at their Motor Vehicle
Commissions (MVC), unless they opt out. Governor Christie vetoed a law that would make NJ the sixth such empowering state.
- Online voter registration: There is no reason why our residents should be able to bank and shop online, but not register
to vote, like in 38 states.
- Same-day voter registration: 16 states have authorized voters to register the day of elections. NJ requires that our residents register 21 days before an election--Phil believes we should eliminate this requirement.
Allowing early voting: 21 states allow residents to vote early at the polls prior to election day.
- Allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by election day, which 24 states allow.
I don't owe the political insiders anything
In the two-minute video [announcing his gubernatorial campaign], Murphy tried to set himself apart from the other hopefuls with his resume: "Here's what this campaign is not about: serving the political insiders," he said in the video. "Because
I don't owe the insiders anything. I worked hard, got lucky and was able to turn my full-time attention to giving back."
Murphy, who grew up outside
Boston to a family he frequently says was "middle-class on a good day," made his fortune as an executive at Goldman Sachs in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The firm is unpopular among liberals and in New Jersey is associated with unpopular former Gov. Jon Corzine--a past CEO of the firm whose time there coincided with Murphy's. The Democratic hopeful has stressed other aspects of his career.
Source: Politico.com on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race
, May 16, 2016
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